JOLIET, Ill., July 15 (UPI) -- Tony Stewart Sunday crossed the finish line before Matt Kenseth to win the Nextel Cup's USG Sheetrock 400 at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Stewart's No.20 Home Depot Chevrolet beat Kenseth's Ford by 1.727 seconds.
It was Stewart's first victory of the season and the 30th of his Nextel Cup career.
"The Home Depot guys (pit crew) won us the race today," said Stewart. "They got us the track position we needed ... . Being out front, being in clean air was everything."
Pole winner Casey Mears brought the field to the green flag, but his lead lasted only until the end of the sixth lap when Martin Truex Jr. slid to the bottom of the track for the lead.
Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Mears completed the top five.
Jeff Gordon (2,911) leads in the points race, with Denny Hamlin (2,608) second, Kenseth (2,565) third and Jeff Burton (2,491) fourth.